Gubin – town hall

History

The first mention of the town hall in Gubin comes from 1276, but the current structure began to be built in the mid-fourteenth century. The city councilors debated in it, and from 1335 the mayor sat. Over the years, the town hall building has been rebuilt many times. In 1502 it was enlarged by the east wing and a tower was added. In the years 1671-1672, the reconstruction took place in the renaissance style. Town hall hosted in its walls such celebrities as: Sigismund I the Old, August II the Strong, and in 1712 the tsar Peter the Great. During the Second World War, it was seriously damaged and rebuilt in 1976-1986.

Architecture

The medieval town hall was a two-story building on a rectangular plan with one chamber in all floors and an ogival arcade in the ground floor, on the western side. The cross vaults in the basement and upper floors were based on a centrally placed pillar. In 1502, the building was extended westwards and crowned with a stepped gable decorated with blendes. On the eastern side a slender, four-sided tower was added.

Current state

The town hall, although it is now significantly rebuilt, gives you the opportunity to imagine its original medieval appearance. It consists of two rectangular wings, one of which is a medieval building. To its southern part is added a slender tower, decorated with a semicircular arrangement of blendes. The building has four renaissance gables and one gothic, partially covered by a tower. In the interiors there are gothic basement and ground floor rooms with stellar and net vaults. It is today the seat of cultural and educational institutions of the city, there are, among others, libraries and the Gubin House of Culture.

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bibliography:
Pilch.J, Kowalski S., Leksykon zabytków Pomorza Zachodniego i ziemi lubuskiej, Warszawa 2012.

Webpage lwkz.pl, Gubin – ratusz.